Prototype Canyon Ultimate CF SLX disc brake road bike`

Canyon’s Eurobike booth had several new mountain bikes on display and this well dressed prototype disc brake road bike.

Dubbed the CF SLX, it takes one of their existing road bike frames and adapts it for hydraulic disc brakes. What’s particularly interesting is that they took the time to mount up some unlabeled Avid hydraulic brakes, likely running empty hoses into the bar tape to complete the look. It’s super clean with internal routing and nary a sign of any mechanical-to-hydraulic converter box. But it doesn’t end there…

Prototype Canyon Ultimate CF SLX disc brake road bike`

The fork is pretty slim compared to most disc brake road forks we’ve seen coming out (here and here, for example), and tire clearance is rather tight at the crown, likely for aerodynamics. Of course, this is a prototype, so anything could change, but it does look rather nice as is.

Prototype Canyon Ultimate CF SLX disc brake road bike`

Wheels are the current Reynolds Assault CX disc brake wheels that have been updated since our test set came in to use modified versions of their newer straight pull mountain bike hubs. Reynolds says they’re working very hard on dedicated disc brake road wheelsets that’ll lose the brake track that’s currently on the Assault CXs. It’s worth noting that these hubs are slimmed down versions of the MTB hubs to save weight by limiting them to standard QR axles only. Our Reynolds rep says they didn’t need to offer thru axle options for cyclocross, so they could bring a slimmer, lighter wheelset out. All that lends some credence to the hype  on their placard below.

We can hear the groans from bike wrenches now about the short stub of a hose coming into the caliper, but it sure does look sweet.

Prototype Canyon Ultimate CF SLX disc brake road bike`

Oh, and if you’re jonesing for that split seatpost that they introduced last year as a prototype, Ergon has one they’re actually bringing to the U.S. (Canyon is a German brand that sells direct-to-consumer with no current U.S. distribution or sales)

2013 Canyon Nerve AL 29er full suspension mountain bike

The new Nerve AL 29er is abig wheel version of their carbon 26″ Nerve. While the smaller wheeled version gets 120mm travel, the 29er drops down a hair to 110mm. At first glance, the hydroformed front triangle looks very carbon-esque, in no small part thanks to the one piece split top tube.

2013 Canyon Nerve AL 29er full suspension mountain bike

The rear end gets a 12×142 thru axle and beefy pivot points. A direct mount front derailleur and routing for shock remote round out the package.

2013 Canyon Nerve AL 29er full suspension mountain bike

2013 Canyon Grand Canyon carbon fiber 29er hardtail mountain bike

The Grand Canyon 29er hardtail mountain bike has been raced this past season by the Topeak Ergon riders and now becomes part of the production family. Head- and downtubes are pretty massive, finishing at a very wide bottom bracket shell to give it decent tire clearance and solid power transfer. It, too, gets the thru-axle rear.

2013 Canyon Grand Canyon carbon fiber 29er hardtail mountain bike

The most unique feature is an integrated steering stop. A replaceable bumper on the top tube limits handlebar rotation to prevent it or the fork from damaging the frame during a wipeout.

2013 Canyon TT triathlon bike

Lastly, the ghosted prototype TT/Triathlon bike at last year’s show gets official…and officially bad ass looking.


  1. I looked over that disc road bike pretty carefully.
    The shifters are regular Sram shifters and the calipers are regular Avid calipers, the brake hoses magically becomes brake housing under the handlebar tape.

    I’ll categorize this as ‘mock-up’ more than ‘prototype’ but it made an attractive seatpost display.

    The seatpost is pretty cool.

  2. Disc brakes for road bikes can only be a good thing especially if you ride with carbon clinchers. Better braking in wet weather and it solves the problem of heat buildup that some manufactures have had problems with. Lots of problems to solve for the manufactures but very interesting times. Bring it on!!!

  3. Solve the problem of heavier, expensive and fragile carbon clinchers with heavier, more expensive disc brakes? Solving a self-induced technology problem with more problematic technology?

    Or just…ride more affordable, lighter alloy clinchers, or lighter carbon tubulars, and suffer no brake issues.

    Personally I think the answer is always light and simple but that’s just me.

  4. Lighter alloy clinchers will most likely be less aerodynamic. Tubulars aren’t exactly ideal on many roads because of broken glass and other obstructions. Have you looked at the price of a pair of BB7’s? They certainly aren’t more expensive than a pair of Red brakes, though I will concede they are heavier.

  5. Road discs seem to be an idea to allow carbon clinchers to work. The only probelm is I don’t really get carbon clinchers.

    If you’re not racing, alloy wheels make more sense. If you are racing, tubs make more sense.

    I would like a winter bike with discs but for a carbon race bike I don’t see the point

  6. @Andrew carbon clinchers are lighter most of the most time, and the ride quality is better I have found. Really enjoyed them myself. Tubulars is too much of a hassle. That being said, I’m back on alloy HED rims for durability/cost reasons.
    Would definitely consider going back to carbon clinchers once disk brakes mature a little.

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